Replace a dying SBS 2003 Server?
Posted on 2004-08-29
We have a Small Business Server 2003 that is close to crashing. There is one other 2003 Server (not SBS) with AD in the domain. I need to install a new server built on different achitecture (64-bit AMD) so imaging is not an option.
The existing server is flaky in many ways, so the idea is to move Exchange mailboxes via Exmerge, copy users' application data, and just reinstall 3rd party applications like Veritas and SAV. The key is to do this without disturbing Active Directory. There are 70 user accounts, and recreating all of them would be ugly.
We have loaded the new server with SBS, and given it the same domain name, etc, but obviously we can't just drop it onto the existing network.
I tried demoting the new server and using netdom computername to rename the old server and join the new one using the old one's original name, but the new one was no longer a Small Business Server - it was more like the mutant monstrosity that emerged from the telepod in the last scenes of "The Fly." Mercifully, it's been wiped and reloaded.
Netdom allowed me to return the original SBS 2003 server back to its original name with no apparent ill effects. It's creaking along, but I can't say for how long.
SO....how can I join a new SBS server to the domain, and remove the old one, without having to create a whole new domain and user accounts, and disjoin/rejoin every workstation?